Tybee Island Family Photos | Three keys to a successful family session

If you have plans to capture Tybee Island family photos while you’re visiting our little barrier island here are a few tips I’d be happy to pass along to ensure it’s a stress-free experience.

Make sure you like the photographer’s work…and the photographer too. It sounds obvious, but sometimes people get hung up on secondary things, like a set price in their minds or simply booking with the first available photographer so that it’s off the “to do” list. If thoughtfully preserved, photos are something that can be passed down for centuries in a family and become a part of your family’s visual history. Long story short, like the work enough that you can see passing it down to your children’s children. Why like the photographer? If you like your photographer chances are they’ll create an experience worth remembering and will become a story also worth sharing with your family as well.

Give your family the chance to succeed. Simply put, plan and prepare rather than winging it. Plan a wardrobe that compliments rather than copies each other. (See more on that here.) Do a dry run drive to the location so you’re not getting lost and stressed moments before. Avoid sunburn and wear sunblock anytime you visit the beach prior. Sunset sessions are late in the day and for many little ones to succeed a good nap with a good few hours of being awake before the session are key…for some adults too. Lastly, have an easy day where you’re not out in the sun all day and drained. Come in by midafternoon, hydrate, snack and give plenty of time for everyone to shower and prepare for photos.

Let them be kids. Some of my favorite photos never happened because a well-meaning parent thought their kids needed to behave a certain way and were quick to correct any behavior they deemed immature. Let your kids be their quirky selves and let it be documented. Some of my client’s favorite images were created because we not only encouraged play and letting their personality shine, we joined in. That’s right Mom, Dad, please take this as my official invite for you to unwind, connect with your inner child and perhaps allow an authentic moment to occur with not only your kids but your significant other too. Probably the whole point of your vacation. You’re welcome.

Tybee Island family photographer

Tybee Island Beach Session

I’ve had the pleasure of documenting families on Tybee for ten years now and I want to share a secret with you. To this day I get a little nervous and excited before every single Tybee Island beach session. As soon as the session starts I truly feel I’m where I belong and I’m beyond content. It’s absolutely my favorite part of what I do for a living. But just before I leave home and arrive the butterflies come bouncing in.

The nerves are there as I reminder that I love what I do and that I’m invested in getting it right for everyone that allows me the greatest honor of letting me into their family circle. That’s an amazing amount of trust and I don’t take it lightly. (Obviously even my body is aware of it and responds accordingly.) I always tell myself that if there ever comes a time where I don’t feel a bit nervous at the beginning that I should retire because my heart isn’t fully committed. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

If you’re reading this and I’ve had the honor of photographing you and your loved ones I just want to say thank you for putting your faith in me. It’s because you did that I am able to live my dreams. Here’s one more Tybee Island beach session that I hope you feel just a tiny bit of the excitement I did while in the presence of this adorable family.

Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography
Tybee Island Beach Session, a Tybee Island family session with Shannon Christoper Photography

Tybee Island family portraits |Raffaele Family

Mother’s Day is less than a month away. I have just a few spots left during that week. Wouldn’t it be nice to call all of your siblings and tell them it’s game over, that you got the best gift for mom during your family vacation to Tybee?!

Please feel free to get in touch to reserve your session and cement yourself in your family’s history as “mom’s favorite”. In the meantime, enjoy this momma and papa playing with their little ones on Tybee’s north beach.

email: shannon@shannonchristopher.com

706.580.1281